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  • Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list

    Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list

Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list

Indeed, I’ve kept up this tradition of posting my Christmas wish list every year since I started this blog. But as I’ve grown older, wiser, and busier, I try to drop any unnecessary tasks from my life that seem like a chore. So when writing this blog entry began to feel like a chore in my mind, I decided to keep it simple and present it to you in Pinterest form. So here it is: My dare-to-dream Christmas wish list for 2014. My husband asked what was on my wish list this year, and for the first time, I didn’t really have anything on my mind. So I dug a little deep and let my imagination run away with me …. In the hopes that you will be inspired to dream a little, perhaps make your own wish list, or to cross a few items off your list for those […]

By |October 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Dare-to-dream Christmas wish list Dare-to-dream Christmas wish list

    Dare-to-dream Christmas wish list

Dare-to-dream Christmas wish list

I hesitated to write my foodie Christmas wish list this year as I have in years past – partly out of laziness, partly because I aim to do everything in moderation these days. And if I were to knock all of the items below off my list, I’d be a glutton. However – and this is a big however – it’s been a rough few months for me since my 4 year old started school. Everytime he brings home sort of bug, my 1 year old gets sick. And back and forth. And again. And again. So, today, I’m allowing myself some room to indulge. To dream a little. To escape. To give into temptation. Join me, won’t you? And perhaps you’ll find an item or two to add to your own wish list. Hazel Atlas milk glass strawberry tray: Recently, I bought a few milk glass items which I […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Christmas|1 Comment
  • Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list

    Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list

Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list

  I do this every year, but coming up with my Christmas wish list was inordinately harder this time. In a matter of mere weeks, we’ll be welcoming our second baby and most of my shopping lists have centred on baby-related products. That said, I wouldn’t scoff at a gift certificate to my favourite gourmet grocer Pusateri’s or luxury retailer Holt Renfrew. There are a few handbags I have my eyes on! (And an Alexander McQueen scarf, and a Canada Goose vest, but I digress….) That said, there’s not much I really need for myself at this point but it’s nice to dream isn’t it? So I’ve taken the time to put together a list of items that I covet. I’ve had some fun going back to read my past Christmas wish lists, and you might too, although I do notice there are a few items I still haven’t crossed […]

By |October 7th, 2012|Wish list|Comments Off on Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list
  • Dare to dream: Christmas wish list Dare to dream: Christmas wish list

    Dare to dream: Christmas wish list

Dare to dream: Christmas wish list

Preparing my Christmas wish list has been inordinately easier than in past years because I’ve been keeping track on Pinterest and Etsy. In keeping with tradition in years past, this post will only touch on the food-related items on my Christmas wish list. But you can find the whole thing here. And while you’re at it, follow me on Pinterest too! Anthropologie owl cookie jar, as seen on the show “Modern Family”: Whooooo loves owls? I do, I do. Sorry, I love a cheesy pun. Truth is, I find myself wincing when I see the plastic containers filled with homemade cookies on my countertop. I just find it ugly, and I think this owl would fit in perfectly in my retro-chic kitchen. Cupcake Courier 36-Cupcake Plastic Storage Container: I’ve always wished for a multi-levelled cupcake caddy, because I hate walking around with two of my caddies when it would be easier to […]

By |November 18th, 2011|Wish list|4 Comments
  • Dare to Dream: My Christmas wish list Dare to Dream: My Christmas wish list

    Dare to Dream: My Christmas wish list

Dare to Dream: My Christmas wish list

  The older I get, the harder it becomes to make a wish list. Am I the only one? Namely because if I want something, I buy it. And if something is beyond my reach, I usually put it out of my head. Still, there are some things that I still dream about, because to purchase them for myself would be sheer folly. And impractical. And I am about as impractical as a pair of double-strap Birkenstocks these days. But I’m not going to lie — I would like to be indulged now and then. So, without further ado, here is my “Dare to Dream” Christmas wish list (ahem, hubby, you can start your shopping now!)Edible gingerbread playhouse: I saw the life-size gingerbread playhouse you see above in the Neiman Marcus’ holiday catalogue and my jaw dropped. You can have it for a mere US$15,000. According to the catalogue, this “unique edible playhouse is handcrafted of 381 lbs. of gourmet gingerbread and 517 […]

By |November 24th, 2010|Wish list|4 Comments
  • My Christmas wish list My Christmas wish list

    My Christmas wish list

My Christmas wish list

One year ago at this time, I was a busy working woman who planned outings to luxury hotels for afternoon tea, regularly attended baking and cooking classes, and planned my meals on a week-to-week basis.These days, I consider myself to be more of a human pacifier who plans one-handed meals that can be eaten without any knives or forks, like bananas, granola bars, yogurt, and toaster waffles.My signature Chanel-and-coffee scent has been replaced by the odor of pee stains, milk spit-up, and sweat.No, it’s not glamorous being a new mom.But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream big.And so here is my Christmas wish list. I crossed most of the items off last year’s wish list, so why not again this year?   Kuhn Rikon stainless cookie press and decorating set: True pastry chefs will cringe to hear me say this, but there is nothing I hate more than filling a […]

By |November 28th, 2009|Wish list|Comments Off on My Christmas wish list
  • Dare I dream? My Christmas wish list Dare I dream? My Christmas wish list

    Dare I dream? My Christmas wish list

Dare I dream? My Christmas wish list

If money was no object, if time was limitless, if I had my own butler to cater to my every whim, my Christmas wish list would look something like this. But one can dream. Should any of you deign to cross any of the following off my list, however, don’t let me stop you.   Honey and granola Pret PotPret a Manger’s runny honey, granola and yogurt Pret Pot was the snack I grabbed on the way to Angel tube station when living in London. Since my return, I’ve tried to recreate the Pret Pot with Ace granola, Liberte yogurt, and clover honey. But it’s not quite the same.   Ladureé caramel au beurre salé macaronsNot to be confused with the coconut macaroon, the French macaron is a refined bite of heaven. Delicately crispy on the outside, decadently gooey on the inside, Ladureé is famous for its macarons. No trip […]

By |November 14th, 2008|gift ideas, Wish list|Comments Off on Dare I dream? My Christmas wish list
  • Cookbook Review: The Gourmet Cookie Book Cookbook Review: The Gourmet Cookie Book

    Cookbook Review: The Gourmet Cookie Book

Cookbook Review: The Gourmet Cookie Book

    I’ll cut to the chase. This is hands down, the best baking cookbook for 2010. And I’ve been through at least a couple of dozen of the latest and greatest just in the past year. Despite all the cookie collections that have recently hit bookshelves, “The Gourmet Cookie Book”   (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is not just any old compendium of cookies. This book lists the single best recipe for each year from 1941 to 2009, offering not only an archive of the best cookies over the decades, but documenting America’s history and evolving taste buds through its cookies.  Its honey refrigerator cookies, for example, were published in 1942 when the war was on and sugar was rationed and Gourmet did “its patriotic bit” by printing an article telling its readers how to use honey in place of sugar. The mocha toffee bars were published in 1987 when the stock market had just crashed […]

  • Cookbook Review: Around My French Table Cookbook Review: Around My French Table

    Cookbook Review: Around My French Table

Cookbook Review: Around My French Table

  I’m going to cut to the chase here. Dorie Greenspan’s “Around My French Table” is my favourite new cookbook. In fact, with just a couple of months to go until the end of the year, I am going to be so bold as to say this is potentially the best cookbook of 2010. I first came across Greenspan’s blog when I read one of her charming posts on Paris. Voila, I thought to myself, a kindred spirit. A foodie who loved Paris enough to live there for many years. Of course, I have never lived in Paris but I try to visit every few years and dream about a time in the future when I can retire there for part of the year. When I received “Around My French Table” in the mail, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I have several cookbooks proclaiming to be the ultimate French cuisine compendiums (Julia Child’s […]

By |October 31st, 2010|cookbook review, Dorie Greenspan|Comments Off on Cookbook Review: Around My French Table
  • Colossal Cupcake Creation Colossal Cupcake Creation

    Colossal Cupcake Creation

Colossal Cupcake Creation

  Cast your mind back and you may remember I wished for a giant cupcake on my Christmas wish list. I hoped someone would pick up on my heavy-handed hint and order it for my birthday, but I wasn’t holding my breath. Well, you can imagine how thrilled I was when one of my besties surprised me for Christmas with the Big Top Cupcake, silicone bakeware to create my very own giant cupcake. Oh Em Gee. A thousand times better than getting a giant cupcake because I can make as many of these as I want. Plus, you can use the insert to add a filling, such as custard, dulce de leche, nuts, whatever you want. I didn’t do so this time, but I baked the cake with the filling insert anyway and there was a sizable space for me to fill had I wished to do so. This colossal […]

By |March 15th, 2010|cupcakes|1 Comment